I had OE coming on very painfully in left hip for years until 1999 very bad. I was leaning over the left badly and in extreme pain. Arrogant Consultant said this Xray much worse than last. There is an 18month waiting list, you will be crying out for it then.Goodbye. I had to wait this long, my glutenous maximus muscle atrophied, leaning over more and more, my groin bones often locked. I had the operation, the pain left me, but the wait has ruined my life. The operation on my hip now severe. I had 4 blood transfusions, I couldn't even stand up and did not know why. I was months on crutches and this has affected my whole. life. Had to have second replacement 2002 I believe due to this wait. This muscle not only dies widthwise, but also lengthwise, I have been left with a limp, pain, difficulty in walking and still use a wheelchair. In hospital 1999 horrendous, the nurses so noisy, paying around at nights, throwing water at each other, not caring, the black nurses and Phillipine nurses very good. I and others on the ward did not sleep for the week were in there. There was no information on what we were to do after the operation. The Consultant was absent. I had the right hip operation 2002 I believe caused by this horrendous torture of the first hip delay. This delay now has affected my spine, andusing a walking stick heavily to stand up straight, lengthy wait time of physio each time. Delay now still happening a disgrace.